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Wrath Supersevens #11 & #12 by Various Artists

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Reviewed on 13th March 2006.

 
 

Wrath Supersevens #11 & #12

By Various Artists

Record shopping. It can be a wasteful and puzzling pastime. I've often found myself coming across albums around the house that I bought a month or two ago in a fit of spontaneity that fizzled out as soon as I actually got round to listening to them. I'll listen to the items in question a few times, maybe even for a week or two... but they'll never quite succeed in lodging themselves into my consciousness. I feel that I may not be alone in this habit as well, and what's really annoying is that it isn't an issue of quality (although I do have some shite on my shelves, metaphorically at least), some things just don't ever get the dubious privilege of taking residence in my head and therefore will never get listened to ever again.

As you'll probably have guessed by now, this is of some relevance to my opinions on these two Wrath 'Supersevens' that have been cunningly compressed in to one little compact disc (and therefore will now also be compressed into one little review). The compact disc in question has been perching on top of my hi-fi for what seems like months now, and I've listened to it countless times. I just can't get round to forming an opinion on it. I have however managed to formulate some theories concerning the reason for this is. And they're the nearest you're going to get to a review out of me I'm afraid...

1)It's just too damned upbeat. Apart from Farming Incident and their contribution of The terrorist you seek is in the mirror (which is hardly Leonard Cohen like in its mood after all) there is a slightly overwhelming pop-punk chirpiness about all of these tunes that I just can't relate to. This is most likely because I'm a miserable git, but also because aside from the endearing obnoxiousness of The Playmates' Damn Good, I can't help thinking that this chirpiness masks an air of shallowness. Which may well be the point.

2)It's all too similar. If you ignore Farming Incident again, you could well believe that any band present here could quite easily have been any band present here, if you catch my drift. Not a particularly bad thing in itself, but also not a very good technique in catching the listeners ear.

3)All the songs sound like B-sides. Now this is true of all the bands concerned... but it's also a backhanded compliment. The quality on show here is pretty high, and there's none of that compilation regular that is 'filler'. However, there's more than a niggling feeling that this is not the best that all these bands are capable of, which makes you want to find out where this better stuff is located far more than listening to what you've got in front of you.

And that's as much theorising as I can come up with. In the future I'll try my best to form an proper opinion concerning the roll call of bands present here (The Scaramanga Six, Me Against Them, The Playmates, Instant Species, Farming Incident & The Terminals), but I can't but help thinking that anybody who'd give a damn about reading about it would be having much more fun pogoing about to one of these lot live.

 

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On 18th March 2006 at 11:28 Anonymous 3468 wrote...

I haven't heard these releases here, so as far as I know they could be brilliant and they could be total and utter gash, but either way they deserve better than this rubbish. If you can manage to ramble on for 600 words about these two records, surely it wouldn't have been that much effort to listen to them again and actually review them?

It wouldn't have taken much. Why did you find the songs overly chirpy? Why did they all sound like B-sides? What is it that sets Farming Incident apart from the others? Does that mean theirs is the best track? If not, what does it mean? If you felt like it, you could even have really pushed the boat out and told us the names of the songs.

 

On 18th March 2006 at 21:18 Anonymous 401 wrote...

Right then. I agree that this 'review' may not have been the highlight of somewhat amateur (ahem) career, but I'm getting a wee bit fucked off with the amount of negative reaction these comment fields seem to have become home to.

Mark - this 'review' may be rubbish in your eyes, and may not include track names, long pieces of descriptive prose... but it was by no means a half-hearted piece of filler. Everything in this 'review' is relevant to how I reacted to the records. I genuinely found it difficult to form an opinion on the music in question and therefore did the best I could to write something as I said I would do. This may be my individual perspective on reviews, but I never want to read (or wriet) a factual account that I could've just as easily found on the band's website. I want to read about that person's opinion, whatever that may be. This obviously differs to your take on these matters. No biggie. Just please don't patronise me by assuming that your take on things is automatically correct.

 

On 19th March 2006 at 12:29 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Yow-sers!! Calm down fellas it's only a commercial

 

On 19th March 2006 at 16:53 Anonymous 401 wrote...

I know. It was late last night and I was feeling emotional...

We're such corporate whores...

 

On 20th March 2006 at 08:48 Anonymous 5071 wrote...

think im gonna have to side with sturdy on this one. yes, getting your opinion across is important, but so is giving the people reading your review an idea of what the bands sound like. the opinions in this review arent really backed up by any evidence, which leaves it lacking depth. it all seems very one-sided/narrow minded. (ooh that rhymes). all the bands on this record are GOOD bands, so i was surprised to see it getting only 5/10, and disappointed not to really learn anything about the music. thats my 5 cents-worth anyway

 

On 20th March 2006 at 09:00 Anonymous 401 wrote...

That's fair John - as I said before it's not exactly my best review ever and I'm quite aware of that. The tone of Mark's comment didn't exactly help though.

Anyway, let's leave it at that and I'll endeavour to do better next time eh?

 

On 20th March 2006 at 12:52 Anonymous 3193 wrote...

Last time I checked there wasn't a right or wrong way to review a record. Writing a review is as personal as the experience of listening - there are no rules. Keep it up sir.

 

On 20th March 2006 at 13:38 Anonymous 30 wrote...

True - but first person reviews are never my favourite.

 

On 20th March 2006 at 16:21 Dave LMS wrote...

If I assume that the majority of the readers will have heard of the band(s) being reviewed, I usually write in the first person and give my personal reaction to the music. I rarely go into describing 'the music' itself these days, unless it is a band I feel people need some explanation of.

I enjoyed reading this review.

I think the comments/history here shows that everyone reacts differently to the delivery of words just as much as they do to music. And there is no right or wrong way to approach either.

 

On 21st March 2006 at 16:30 Anonymous 3468 wrote...

Hi there. Maybe I was a bit harsh in my initial comment here - you're right, the tone perhaps wasn't helpful. Sorry Paul. I should also have added that I thought what you wrote was actually a good read, and doubtless sincere and seriously thought out.

I actually agree with you Paul - I wouldn't want a review to be a factual account taken straight from the band's own website. I'd want to know your opinion of the music - and I'd want to know how and why you formed that opinion. The thing is, the review actually doesn't tell me much about what you thought of the music itself, and it says virtually nothing about what it was about the music that made you feel that way. So to my mind, while it's a good piece of writing, it doesn't really constitute a review. As you say, it's a matter of individual perspectives differing.

And don't get too disheartened by the amount of negativity in these comment fields - that's what they're for, surely!

 

On 21st March 2006 at 16:52 Anonymous 401 wrote...

No worries Mark. I appreciate the criticism.

My comment about (ahem) comment fields was not really about people disagreeing, as that's fair enough (and to be fair to you, that's essentially what you were doing). What does get my goat is when people just slate/insult the reviewer to defend the band in question (see my Red Sparowes review for an example) without actually saying anything constructive.

Ah well. It's all just good clean fun in the end...

 
 
 

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